What happened to the former Beatles and why they never became part of the British Invasion
When we talk about The Beatleswe're talking about the Great Liverpool Four in John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. And those who are not thoroughly familiar with the work of this cult band, as they say, would never even think that once, at the very beginning of their journey, this was a band. of five people!
And no, it's not about the manager. Brian Epstein or producer Djordje Martinesometimes called "the unofficial members of The Beatles. We're talking about real musicians whose lives after the band have developed with varying degrees of success...
Today Paul McCartney is known not only as a songwriter, but also as a bassist "The Beatles. But there were times when that role was occupied by Stuart Sutcliffe. His fateful encounter with Lennon in art college led him to join the band that would become legendary in the future! In some ways his name became immortal because of this, but Stu's life turned out to be too short…
To the bone, Sutcliffe was artistbut Paul and John convinced him to pick up the bass guitar. Small gigs started, and the crowd quickly fell in love with the guy! A lot of it was because of his bright style: James Dean-style sunglasses and tight pants were his trademark. So before the Beatles foursome attracted attention not only with their music, but also with their sloppy haircut style, Stuart Sutcliffe proved that appearance is for sale. Rumor has it that the audience shouted his name more and louder than the names of other musicians. This, as well as Stu's warm friendship with John, caused some tension in his relationship with Paul.
Speaking of Stu's musical abilities, George Harrison once spouted off:
"Well, he wasn't a very good musician. In fact, he wasn't a musician at all until we talked him into buying a bass guitar. He picked something up and practiced a little... His playing sounded weird, but at the time it didn't matter because he looked so cool!"
Stewart left the band on his own - he was not very interested in music, and he planned to concentrate entirely on visual art. His plans were to go to Germany with his beloved, to whom he had become engaged shortly before his death. He could have become an artist, or returned to music, or at least built a family... But he was gone too soon: Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 21 years old. Stu's sister blamed Lennon for it, allegedly there was a fight between them shortly before Sutcliffe was fired from the band. It's hard to say anything...
The Beatles have not forgotten of their comrade even in the wave of Beatlemania: they included Stu's image on the cover of the iconic album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Another former member that only devoted fans of The Beatles, who have studied the band's biography up and down, know about. Pete Best. He was a drummer until he took over that role. Ringo. By the way: before that I had a chance to play with the Beatles Tommy Moore: He was talented, but there is not much to tell about this period, for this tandem was short-lived. Moore literally ran away from the Beatles because of LennonSo let's get back to Pete, who drove him crazy with his eccentricity.
In fact, Pete was not a brilliant drummer, and in the Beatles he was just the fifth member, not an important link. His abilities were... mediocreand his interactions with the rest of the guys were pretty cool (if only John was more or less so). I didn't like him. George Martinand in the end Epstein fired him. To this day there are legends and hypotheses surrounding this dismissal: according to Best himself, he himself still does not know why he was fired. Was it because of his poor play, or his refusal of his trademark haircut? And some even say that it was because Pete was handsome - allegedly McCartney didn't want to rivalry. It is also known that the gap between Best and the other guys was growing, and he hardly ever showed up for rehearsals. Ringo became a great salvation for the band, though at first his skills did not impress many people either.
At first, fans refused to accept Ringo, shouting from the audience: "Give us back Pete! We don't want Ringo!". From McCartney's memoirs:
"The girls really had a crush on Pete, for he was a handsome guy. They literally hounded him after the concerts, and so his dismissal cost us our nerves..."
After The Beatles, Best tried to become a musician, but nothing came of it. He worked in a bakery, then in the civil service... It was only at a mature age that Pete formed The Pete Best Band and started touring.
And in 1995, "manna from heaven" fell on his nearly gray-haired head - The Beatles released a retrospective "Anthology."where Best played drums on a number of tracks. This entitled him to a share of the royalties, which are estimated to be between $1.3 million and $5.2 million.